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Amazon Opens Subscribe and Save to FBA Merchants

Amazon is opening up one of its special programs for shoppers to third-party merchants, according to a seller service called Teikametrics. But not just any third-party seller, and only in select categories.

Lauren Shepherd of Teikametrics told EcommerceBytes that Amazon is now allowing third-party sellers who participate in FBA to participate in its Subscribe & Save program. Previously, only products sold and shipped by Amazon.com were eligible, she said.

Here’s how Amazon describes the program to shoppers: “With Subscribe & Save, you receive a discount off the Amazon and Amazon Marketplace everyday low price, free standard shipping, and the convenience of automatic deliveries when you receive your subscriptions on your monthly Subscribe & Save delivery day. There are no commitments, obligations, or fees and you can cancel a subscription at any time.”

“Amazon hasn’t made any formal announcement, but this is a great way for sellers to get recurring customers by offering their products for a slight discount upon subscription,” Shepherd said.

In a blog post on the Teikametrics site, she explained how merchants could take advantage of the program:

1) Enable Subscribe & Save in Seller Central under Settings > Fulfillment by Amazon > Subscription Settings

Amazon Subscribe and Save Subscription Settings

2) Once you have enabled your subscription settings, you are able to add your offers.

3) Monitor the success of your subscription offerings via your Subscribe & Save reports under Reports > Fulfillment.

Subscribe and Save Forecasting

And, she wrote, “If you would like to find out more about the Subscribe & Save program, contact Amazon at subscribe-and-save-feedback @amazon.com.”

We’ve asked Amazon for more information for sellers who are interested in participating, we’ll update this article once we learn more.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.